Local Government Act 2002

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41A Role and powers of mayors

(1)

The role of a mayor is to provide leadership to—

(a)

the other members of the territorial authority; and

(b)

the people in the district of the territorial authority.

(2)

Without limiting subsection (1), it is the role of a mayor to lead the development of the territorial authority’s plans (including the long-term plan and the annual plan), policies, and budgets for consideration by the members of the territorial authority.

(3)

For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2), a mayor has the following powers:

(a)

to appoint the deputy mayor:

(b)

to establish committees of the territorial authority:

(c)

to appoint the chairperson of each committee established under paragraph (b), and, for that purpose, a mayor—

(i)

may make the appointment before the other members of the committee are determined; and

(ii)

may appoint himself or herself.

(4)

However, nothing in subsection (3) limits or prevents a territorial authority from—

(a)

removing, in accordance with clause 18 of Schedule 7, a deputy mayor appointed by the mayor under subsection (3)(a); or

(b)

discharging or reconstituting, in accordance with clause 30 of Schedule 7, a committee established by the mayor under subsection (3)(b); or

(c)

appointing, in accordance with clause 30 of Schedule 7, 1 or more committees in addition to any established by the mayor under subsection (3)(b); or

(d)

discharging, in accordance with clause 31 of Schedule 7, a chairperson appointed by the mayor under subsection (3)(c).

(5)

A mayor is a member of each committee of a territorial authority.

(6)

To avoid doubt, a mayor must not delegate any of his or her powers under subsection (3).

(7)

To avoid doubt,—

(a)

clause 17(1) of Schedule 7 does not apply to the election of a deputy mayor of a territorial authority unless the mayor of the territorial authority declines to exercise the power in subsection (3)(a):

(b)

clauses 25 and 26(3) of Schedule 7 do not apply to the appointment of the chairperson of a committee of a territorial authority established under subsection (3)(b) unless the mayor of the territorial authority declines to exercise the power in subsection (3)(c) in respect of that committee.

Section 41A: inserted, on 12 October 2013, by section 21 of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 93).